Christina Milian (born Christine Flores on September 26,
1981) is a two time Grammy Award-nominated American singer and actress.
She has had four solo top ten singles (and also a top ten featuring
credit single) in the UK as well as hits in the rest of Europe and
the U.S. She has starred in the 2003 film Love Don't Cost a Thing
opposite Nick Cannon and Be Cool, the sequel to Get Shorty.
Christina Milian was born in Jersey City, New Jersey to Afro-Cuban immigrant
parents, Carmen and Don, and has two younger sisters, Danielle and
Elizabeth. Her family moved to Waldorf, Maryland soon after her
birth and she set her heart on an entertainment career at the age
of four. Christina Milian did commercials (Wendy's, Honeycombs) and played
the lead role in the musical Annie before moving to Los Angeles,
California at 13 to pursue an acting career; Her father didn't move
with the rest her family and divorced her mother soon after. Her
mother is now her manager.
Christina Milian's first significant role was as a reporter on the Disney
Channel's Movie Surfers show in 1998 billed as Tina Flores. While
in this role, she also appeared in minor roles in the movies A Bug's
Life and American Pie and in guest appearances on the television
series Charmed, Clueless, Get Real, and The Amanda Show.
In 2002, Christina Milian was appointed to host of the television show Wannabes
on MTV. She met director Joseph Kahn on an episode of Wannabes who
suggested she audition for a lead role in the film Torque opposite
Ice Cube. Her audition was successful leading in turn to a lead
role in Love Don't Cost a Thing in 2003. In 2005, she had roles
in the films Man of the House opposite Tommy Lee Jones and Be Cool
with John Travolta and Uma Thurman.
In 2000, Christina Milian performed vocals on Ja Rule's song Between Me and
You from his album Rule 3:36. The song became a hit building her
reputation as a singer. She also co-wrote and provided extensive
backing vocals for the track "Play" for Jennifer Lopez's
2001 album J. Lo which became another big hit, and co-wrote "Same
Ol' Same Ol", the first single from girl group PYT's album
Down With Me.
In 2001, Christina Milian released her first solo single, "AM
To PM", off her self-titled debut album. It became a worldwide
hit reaching the top 5 in the UK and Denmark, top 10 in the Netherlands,
and top 40 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and in Australia. The success
of "AM To PM" sparked the international release of the
Christina Milian album, although not in the U.S. The second single
"When You Look At Me" was another international hit reaching
the top 5 in the UK, Netherlands, and Ireland and making the top
40 in Denmark, Australia, and France.The third single Get Away had
a video but wasen't released. She was also featured on the track
"It's All Gravy", a duet with Romeo of the garage group
So Solid Crew. It was another UK top ten hit single in 2002. She
also wrote and sang the theme song for the Disney series Kim Possible,
"Call Me Beep Me" later that year.
In 2003, Christina Milian recorded songs for her first U.S. album, It's About
Time, which is a reference to how long it had taken for one of her
albums to be released in the U.S. The first single, "Dip It Low",
was written by Polli Paul, who has also written songs for the Black
Eyed Peas. The first single reached #1 on a world composite dance
chart (compiled on data from the U.S., UK, Germany, Japan, Italy,
and Australia), #2 in the UK, #5 in the U.S., and the top 40 in Australia.
The second single, "Whatever U Want", features Joe Budden
and once again reached the top 10 in the UK as well as charting on
the Billboard Hot 100. Controversy occurred when Christina Milian changed her
look when the album was released. Many people saw it as her trying
to look more like Beyoncé Knowles who had a similar look. All
of this has been looked at as a coincedence by Christina Milian.
Her third album So Amazin' is scheduled for a May release. The
entire production was done by Cool & Dre, with additional help
from Rich Harrison. The record's first single Say I has been released
in March as a single and video; it features Young Jeezy. The single
currently is on his latest mixtape, "Can't Ban the Snowman,"
and is having success within the mixtape scene causing many DJ's
to place it on their compilations too ("Southern Smoke"
for example). In December a song called Who's gonna ride has been
giving to some djs and caused to leaked to the internet.According
to MTV, Christina recored a track (Who's gonna ride) dissing her
ex-boyfriend. It was due to the reason they broke up. Nick says
even though the track was recorded, he still considers being her
In the summer of 2005, Christina Milian broke up with actor Nick Cannon after
being together for nearly two & a half years. In an interview
with Angie Martinez, she spoke about how she found out about Cannon
cheating on her. Apparently while she was away filming a movie in
Romania, she attempted to log in to his T-Mobile.com account by
entering in random passwords. After lucking out with one of the
passwords, she was able to read all of the messages he sent out
and received to and from other women. When she returned back to
the states, she decided to play it cool before hitting him with
the news that she knew he was cheating.
Weeks after their break up, Christina Milian was spotted with actor Eric
West during New York's Olympus Fashion Week leading to many claims
that the two are dating. Eric confirmed on American radio station
Y100 that the two are just friends. The New York Daily News claims
she is now dating hip-hop producer Dre.
On August 6, 2005 Christina co-hosted The Reign at the Gerald W.
Lynch Theatre in New York City with actor/singer Eric West, the
event was designed by a group of inner-city children in 2003 to
raise funding and awareness for HIV/AIDS prevention education for
men, women and children living with HIV and AIDS, as well as working
with the Fresh Air Fund to continue to help other inner-city children
and family's. Both Christina Milian and West were awarded Outstanding Achievement
Awards for their humanitarian efforts.
Christina Milian (2001) #23 UK
It's About Time (2004) #14 US, #21 UK
So Amazin' (2006)
2000 "Between Me & You" (with Ja Rule)
2001 "AM To PM"
2002 "When You Look At Me"
2002 "Get Away" (featuring Ja Rule)
2002 "It's All Gravy" (with Romeo)
2002 "The Answer" (with S-Word)
2004 "Dip It Low" (featuring Fabolous)
2004 "Whatever U Want" (featuring Joe Budden)
2006 "Say I" (featuring Young Jeezy)
2000: "Between Me & You" (with Ja Rule; from Rule
2001: "Call Me, Beep Me (The Kim Possible Song)" (with
Christy Carlson Romano; from Kim Possible Soundtrack)
2001: "Play" (background vocals with Jennifer Lopez from
2002: "I Heard Santa On The Radio" (with Hilary Duff;
from Santa Claus Lane)
2002: "It's All Gravy" (with Romeo; from Solid Love)
2002: "Look Around" (with Bratz and Verbal)
Rush Hour ("You Make Me Laugh"; 2001)
Be Cool ("Ain't No Reason", "Believer"; 2005)
In The Mix ("Be What It's Gonna Be"; 2005)
A Bug's Life (1998) (voice)
Durango Kids (1999)
American Pie (1999)
The Wood (1999)
Love Don't Cost a Thing (2003)
Man of the House (2005)
Be Cool (2005)
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